San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (@sflgfb_78) is the first openly gay musical organization in the world, inspiring the formation of LGBTQ+ bands, choruses, and performing groups around the globe.
Founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade, the Band has made music to build understanding among communities of all sexual orientations and identities for more than four decades. Ever since making a splash by marching up Market Street with Harvey Milk’s convertible in the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade, the Band has been appearing throughout the City and its environs to promote LGBTQ+ visibility. In the time since then, they have played at community and civic events throughout San Francisco, the Bay, and worldwide.
The band provides for the education and musical development of its members, promotes visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and with its allies, fosters understanding among diverse communities through public performance.
Get ready for the 100% real-fruit comedy of Jesús U. BettaWork (@jesusubettawork)!
Yaaaas! Jesús has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
He is the host of the monthly “The You Betta Work Comedy ¡Fiesta!” (currently on hiatus) at the San Mateo County Pride Center.
Get into it, darling. Come catch (or pitch) Jesús at a show soon. ¡Se habla español!
Also known as Carissa, Snaxx (@eatmoresnaxx) has been performing as a drag artist for roughly 4 years now, but her love of the stage and development of her artistry began much earlier. She went to college for Theater with an emphasis on Performance, and has sung, danced, and performed for as long as she can remember.
In the years, she has done drag, she has performed all over the Bay Area but really found a home at Oasis. In fact, she won Heklina’s MOTHER Star Search Pageant in 2019. She now works for Oasis closely with the owner (D’Arcy Drollinger) and helps program their events. She has also cultivated a drag / queer community in the town of Alameda where she lives.
Shake It Booty Band (@ShakeItBootyBand) is a supergroup of top Bay Area LGBTQIA+ musicians. This band is one of the most entertaining, rollickin’, funky, disco-down dirty dance bands to hit the circuit in a long time. If you’re looking for a band that can keep the audience on the dance floor and that you will remember for a long time, this is it!
Gloria Gaynor’s (@gloriagaynor) legendary career spans the past 40 years never losing momentum. She has achieved global stardom and musical recognition with hit songs on the charts in all four decades. Gloria Gaynor was a presenter at the 2015 GRAMMY’s and the headliner at the 2015 “Official GRAMMY Celebration.” In 2002, Gloria was honored at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo with the coveted LEGEND award presented by long-time fan Prince Albert and was the featured artist in the Tom Ford Tribute hosted by Tom and Rita Hanks. Gloria was presented by Ido Aharoni (Consul General of Israel), with the “Martin Luther King Jr Award” acknowledging those who have gone above and beyond to inspire others. In March 2016, Gloria’s recording of, “I Will Survive,” was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, preserving sound recordings with great cultural and historic importance to the U.S. From individuals triumphing over illness to those suffering from the painful loss of a loved one to others piecing their lives together after bearing witness to a national tragedy, “I Will Survive,” has become an emotional anthem for them and for millions of Gloria’s adoring fans around the world.